Saturday, December 01, 2007

How religions are invented


Krishnamurti and Leadbeater (Krishnamurti as a young boy Meditation Handbook Home)

Nitya and Krishnamurti (Krishnamurti as a young boy)

In 1922, Bishop James Wedgwood settled in Paris "abandoning his ecclesiastical position temporarily to pursue a life of sexual excess."

In Gay Paris, Bishop Wedgwood "fell victim to cocaine addiction, also supplying his boyfriends with the drug, and took to smuggling it past the authorities inside his crozier"

This information comes from Star in the East: Krishnamurti, the Invention of a Messiah by Roland Vernon (London: Constable, 2000, page 164)

James Wedgwood founded the Temple of the Rosy Cross in 1912. (Liberal Catholic Church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia / James Ingall Wedgwood)

He paraded himself at the Vatican, robed in Purple.

He was one of the top people in the Theosophy Movement.

He claimed that beings called the 'Masters', who lived in the Himalayas, held him in high regard, and that he was the recipient of mysterious messages from these Masters.

Reportedly, these 'Masters' were an 'invention' by Madame Blavatsky and the 'fraud' had been exposed as early as 1884. (theosophy)

In the early part of the last century, Wedgwood and other members of the Theosophists believed that a new Messiah was going to appear. Krishnamurti, an Indian discovered by Charles leadbeater, was thought by many to be the new Messiah.

Leadbeater took a keen interest in the male children of the Theosophists.

Vernon writes: "It came to light that Leadbeater had been teaching his boys masterbation, and had been encouraging them to practise it regularly... Leadbeater had in the past repeatedly stated the importance of sexual purity."

There is much evidence that leadbeater frequently shared beds with his pupils.

The adult Leadbeater discovered the handsome young boy Krishnamurti in India in 1909.

It was Leadbeater who taught Krishnamurti about the 'Masters'.

Krishnamurti had a brother called Nitya who developed tuberculosis. In 1925, when Nitya was seriously ill, Krishnamurti received word from mysterious higher beings that Nitya would recover his health. Krishnamurti described having a meeting on the astral plane with these higher beings. The Theosophist George Arundale reported that he had been assured personally by the Masters that they had great plans for Nitya's future.

Shortly afterwards, Nitya died.

Krishnamurti looked like a celibate guru. However, he had a long and intimate affair with his friend’s wife and then had a long and bitter legal battle against his friend in order to stop any knowledge of it becoming public.

How does a religion begin?

Are the people who talk of messages from angels and spirits, and the like, telling lies?

Roland Vernon's excellent and exciting book about the invention of a 'Messiah' (Star in the East: Krishnamurti, the Invention of a Messiah by Roland Vernon, London: Constable, 2000) should be read by all.

Vernon suggests that human beings invent or imagine the angels, masters and other such creatures.

But he believes we should not necessarily ignore these imaginings.

These inventions may, in some instances, represent or symbolise some kind of spiritual reality which cannot accurately be described in words or pictures. (Page 155 Star in the East)

Vernon writes: "The mind works to build physical images of what are essentially metaphysical entities".

Krishnamurti, after the death of his brother Nitya, gave up his belief in the Masters.

Krishnamurti came to believe that enlightenment was not to be found by messages from Tibet or by following some Messiah.

Krishnamurti decided that each person can find enlightenment immediately, from inside themselves.

The kingdom of heaven is within you.
According to Roland Vernon, Krishnamurti believed that there is some kind of divine energy in all creation and that enlightenment comes 'through a state of union with this energy.' (Vernon Page 215)
This idea is found in Hinduism.
Like Buddha, Krishnamurti thought that enlightenment comes when a person is freed from selfish desires such as the desire for money or fame.


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